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Introduction to the MOOC

Ramchandra Bhandari, Professor for Renewable Energy Systems at TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, presents the contents and structure of the PoweringAg MOOC.

Introduction to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus by the “Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” Partners

The Partners of the “Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” (PAEGC) initiative provide an introduction to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and present their approach to tackling the challenge of making energy for food more sustainable.



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  1. Profile photo of Abdulmutalib Yussuff

    What motivated the study on energy needs of rice, milk, and vegetables? Are these the 3 top energy-intensive agro value-chains?

    • Profile photo of PoweringAg

      The global food system covers a vast arena of production and processing systems. Not all could be addressed in this study due to constraints of time and resources. Therefore the scope was limited to three specific value chains presented as representative examples and chosen for their diversity.

      • Profile photo of ustun nevim

        I have the question : what is the truth we are following as we need the truth pieces like in math like in the natural science…
        I do not want to get into mess, which social science can cause to us .
        Energy is truth , we can calculate which energy from which food, how much we spend and how much we gain , which conditions are better …however there are kitchen gardens , people do the self work so what is the point of the agriculture ???let us see…

    • Profile photo of ustun nevim

      ” FAO of the UN finalised the study and analysis on energy needs of the three major value chain of rice, milk and vegetables”

      I think the free ones is fruit, then vegetables, meat, egg and milk …
      so what is the value , and according to what ?mine is according the first person in the world ?

  2. Profile photo of Chimaobi Nna

    Thanks to the partners for coming up with this great initiative especially for developing countries. Hope to learn and apply as is relevant to Nigeria.

  3. Profile photo of Abdinasir Sadik Mukhtar

    I know vegetables are energy-intensive because they need to be in cold storage to get last long time, but how the other two?

    • Profile photo of PoweringAg

      Dear Abdinasir, indeed storage consumes a lot of energy! Milk processing consumes from 20% to 30% of the total energy use in the dairy value chain. Milk pasteurizing and chilling are key processes since they prevent production and nutrition losses. For rice, the priority entry points along the value chain are: fertilizer and water use on farm; parboiling and drying rice; efficient use of electricity in milling process. If you want to learn more, look up chapter 2 ‘Energy and the food value chain’ in the landscape study!

  4. Profile photo of Shehu Ibrahim Khaleel

    This Chapter one clearly and briefly explain the course content. I am happy to be part of this great challenge

  5. Profile photo of Nellisa Samichand

    Learning more about agriculture and renewable energy will be a plus for me in the setting up of my vegetable farm.

  6. Profile photo of Suresh Bhattarai

    Traditionally inherited and blindly followed dietary habit on energy intensive food is equally guilt in fostering chronic shortfall of food across world. However, I feel like, judging from the course overview, the initiative ignores the human behavioral change which I believe would be decisive whether this campaign delivering a envisioned success or just contribute in adding few more “certified” people within the club of “sustainable growth”.

    • Profile photo of Terhemba Wada

      I do agree with your point regarding the need for behavioral change. However, I strongly belief that without being equipped with the extent of the problem and some tried solutions, behavioral change cannot be achieved. One could almost liken this to the case of a smoker changing their ways because he/she now fully understand the consequences of their actions.
      So hopefully the course bring more certified people that can spread the message and create a ripple effect.

      • Profile photo of ustun nevim

        we need the compare the development in vertical or horizontal level ??
        or can we say ,we are in the third phrase to say : no need to the middle man, direct access to online educations websites to make people aware of the development ,they should get , they should compete , contribute

    • Profile photo of PoweringAg

      Dear Suresh, for sure behavioral changes are an important step towards sustainable growth. We slightly touch the topic in the overview chapter of week 1 but further focus on other topics. May be you can start a discussion in your group? Further, we recommend the publication by the German Development Institute “The human factor on energy efficiency”.

  7. Profile photo of Amina Maalim

    The introduction is brief and to the point. Am looking forward to the real stuff now.

  8. Profile photo of Marton Kerkapoly

    Is there a way, to get rid of the advertisement in the beginning. There are plenty of logos everywhere on the homepage.

  9. Profile photo of Innocent SIMPUNGA

    thanks a lot for sharing this useful video for agribusiness and sustainable development

  10. Profile photo of Emma Emeozor

    It is exciting listening to the introduction. I took particular note of USAID activities in Haiti and it was quite challenging. I want to believe similar challenges are in other developing countries, particularly African countries. In Europe, the Americas and parts of Asia, mechanised farming is the practice (for years). As an African, I’m wondering how the issue of technology (as it concerns agriculture) can be addressed and essential tools deployed to encourage large scale commercial farming that would meet acceptable standards for product export to developed countries. It is my hope that there will be ‘blending’ in the programme to accommodate (address) problems peculiar to developing nations. Head of Project, Maria Weitz gave the example of FAO’s sampling of rice, milk and vegetable … good example. Here, Dr. Schmitz emphasis on “knowledge generation and transfer” becomes a statement.

  11. Profile photo of George Karwani

    This is a wonderful introduction and I do expect much from you!

  12. Profile photo of Robert Mabundza

    I am glad the course provides the importance of environmental protection as we pursue our goals of increased production across agric value chains. Mostly, because most developing countries have focused in increased food production at the expense of environmental protection.

  13. Profile photo of Kenneth Amas

    Thanks for the beautiful intro. !
    Rice is eaten by all globally as well milk and vegetables!
    one can include yam or potatoes as known in Europe/global & cassava as well to the food range.
    If you are processing rice or rice shells , about 110kW can be used to produce 300-600 kg/h powder!

  14. Profile photo of Kenneth Amas

    Good to be here friends and we look forward to realizing projects from home (kitchen) to industrial level small or bigger scale using solar, wind or bio as source of powering different machinery. Success to all…

  15. Profile photo of Jaime Sologuren

    Very inspiring the clarity of the speakers about the challenges in this Energy-Ag nexus under the value chains, nutrition, etc. Even more the focus in learning and knowledge sharing. I hope that the exchange can be as practical as possible with examples well grounded to the real needs.

  16. Profile photo of Fidel Emilio Joao

    I am excited to continue learning through this course.

  17. Profile photo of Ian Cole

    I believe that actual “energy” consumption in agriculture includes all forms of energy used in all the stages or processes involved from land preparation to the market and the consumer. This means if we are using fossil fuel equipment to prepare land and using similar equipment for sowing, harvesting and irrigation, and we use fossil fuel vehicles to transport to the market, the carbon foot print for agriculture will be large. I believe that agriculture may actually be responsible for a larger portion of GHG emissions than typically believed or estimated. I say this because in developing countries I don’t think the actual data exist to substantiate the figures related to agriculture’s contribution to GHG emissions. Now with that said, I would like to see actual examples of technologies using RE that can reduce or replace the use of fossil fuels in agriculture.

  18. Profile photo of Rebecca Tarus Tarus

    An interesting course. looking forward to learning more.

  19. Profile photo of Richard Kamurasi

    For the three products mentioned: Rice, Milk and vegetables. An African farmer in rural areas with a problem of storage , lack of cold storage facility still hampers the quality and more so end user of the product. Knowledge Management is still key in conserving the land and be able to improve yields and contribute to a sustainable farming methods.

  20. Profile photo of Kristin Hentschel

    What is meant in deep by “clean energy” which is used often in the videos before? From which point of view is this term defined?

  21. Profile photo of Ivan Rodriguez Garcia

    Its very interesan, I would like to use this knowledge in my community.

  22. Profile photo of francesco francisci

    Week One clarifies well the scope of this mooc. Very interisting fig3 in Script1: developed countries do better only in the pre-harvest loss context, but then loose the advantage. The context Eater (pyramid apex) clarifies that developed countries are able to retain/attract food more than developing countries

  23. Profile photo of Robert  Amayo

    Interesting introduction videos. How possible is it to download them for future reference even in areas where one lacks access to internet?

  24. Profile photo of Sadiq Abubakar, Garuba

    I hope to learn more to be able to impact on reducing tomato wastage in Nigeria.

  25. Profile photo of Elijah Mutungi

    The topic on Agriculture and Energy nexus is very interesting. For food security to be realized we need to ensure sustainable use of energy resources and more so the renewable ones.

  26. Profile photo of Qamile Gishti

    An interesting course. As I see from the these vidios until now, the course gives a general overview of development agriculture and bring togather different new actors in development it.
    I am curios to know the further steps. thank you.

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